The Family Party

The Family Party was a political party in New Zealand. It described itself as a Christian party.[1]

The Family Party
LeaderRichard Lewis
PresidentElias Kanaris
DeputyPaul Adams
Founded17 December 2007 (2007-12-17)
Dissolved29 April 2010 (2010-04-29)
IdeologyChristian-based social conservatism
ColoursBlack, Yellow
MPs in the House of RepresentativesNone
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The Family Party was established by members of the disbanding Destiny New Zealand (the political party backed by the Destiny Church) and by Paul Adams, a former United Future MP and pastor within the Pentecostal City Impact Church, run by New Zealand televangelist Peter Mortlock. It was intended that they would join forces with Gordon Copeland, another former United Future MP then sitting as an independent, but talks fell through, and Copeland and another former United Future List MP, Larry Baldock established The Kiwi Party[2] There was speculation that Taito Phillip Field might also be involved, but he formed another political party to target evangelical Christian Pacific Island immigrants in South Auckland, known as the New Zealand Pacific Party.[2] Formation of the Family Party was announced in October 2007, and it was registered on 17 December,[3] although its proposed logo was rejected because it used orange as the primary colour, a colour reserved for use exclusively by the Electoral Commission.

The party described its support base as "pro-family, traditional Christian"[1] voters, and said that it would target Maori and Pacific Islander voters in South Auckland.[1][2]

Richard Lewis, the former leader of Destiny New Zealand, was the Family Party's leader, while Adams was deputy leader.[1] The party president was Elias Kanaris.[4]

2008 election resultsEdit

The Family Party did not gain electoral representation as a result of their contests in the 2008 general election. According to the New Zealand Electoral Commission website, it polled a total of 8176 votes altogether, to poll a final total party vote of only 0.35%. This placed them behind the "joke" Bill and Ben Party, The Kiwi Party and Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, and on a par with the New Zealand Pacific Party.[5]

2010 demiseEdit

After the general election, nothing further was heard from the Family Party. It did not stand a candidate in the Mount Albert by-election, caused after former Prime Minister Helen Clark took up her new post as Director of the United Nations Development Program.

On 23 February 2010 the party applied to the Electoral Commission to cancel its registration.[6] On 29 April 2010 the party was officially deregistered.[7]

Electoral resultsEdit

Election # of party votes % of party vote # of seats

2008 8,176 0.35
0 / 120
Not in Parliament

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Family Party provisional website Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c "Another Christian political party announced". New Zealand Herald. 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  3. ^ "The Family Party registered, logo declined, The Act Party abbreviation registered". Elections New Zealand. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  4. ^ "Family Party announces new Party President". Scoop Media. 2008-04-03. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  5. ^ "2008 General Election: Official Count Results -- Overall Status". Chief Electoral Office. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  6. ^ "Application to cancel registration of political party and logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  7. ^ "Amendments to the Registers of Political Parties and Logos". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2010-04-29. Archived from the original on 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-04-29.